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What We Do

Homes First is one of the largest non-profit housing providers in Toronto. We are committed to breaking the cycle of chronic homelessness by providing emergency shelter and supportive housing and services for people with the fewest housing options in our city.

We provide:

Emergency shelter: We provide shelter for over 1,500 people each night across 11 shelter properties and do our best to connect them to stable housing. Through our integrated outreach networks, we act as a service navigator and community connector to prevent anyone from slipping through gaps in the system.

Supportive housing: We provide residents permanent, stable and supportive housing across 14 properties, including children, youth, women, single parents, adults, seniors and large families.

Essential support services: We help people stay housed or access permanent housing through initiatives such as eviction prevention, housekeeping, behavioural support, trauma-informed counselling, addictions and harm reduction services, and specialized supports for seniors to age in place. We also work with residents on life skills, hygiene, financial literacy, tenant rights and obligations, and other matters that contribute to their personal well-being.

Our Programs


Homes First has been granted funds from the SASP network to run the Harm Reduction in Shelters project. Using a Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) approach, the project increases access for marginalized and vulnerable individuals staying in our shelters to tools and strategies that help reduce harm associated with substance use.

The project mostly consists of weekly group meetings of Peer Support Workers where there will be focused capacity-building classes, workshops, and group work exercises. All of which will better equip individuals to support others staying in the shelter or in their peer groups outside the shelter. A secondary effect of the program builds general staff capacity: having knowledgeable peers onsite for on-demand trainings and education about harm reduction for residents and this also frees up time for staff for other resident activities.

Sites Running This Program

  • 4117 Lawrence Ave. East Shelter
  • Kennedy Road Shelter

Our Properties

Homes First owns and or manages several different properties across the GTA. Click the link below to read more about each of our properties.